Quar­ter of Lidl work­ers to en­joy rise in wages

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

SU­PER­MAR­KET gi­ant Lidl, which has 38 stores in North­ern Ire­land, has said it is boost­ing the wages of nearly a quar­ter of its 900 staff.

The com­pany, which un­veiled a new store in Lur­gan’s Kitchen Hill last month, said it would now match the Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion’s rec­om­men­da­tion on new rates based on the real costs of liv­ing in the UK. As a re­sult, en­try level wages will in­crease from £8.45 to £8.75 per hour.

Some 24% of staff will ben­e­fit as the com­pany said oth­ers al­ready earned more than the Liv­ing Wage. Em­ploy­ees who start with Lidl at cus­tomer as­sis­tant level in 38 stores across North­ern Ire­land cur­rently start on £8.45 per hour (plus sup­ple­ments).

The Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion an­nounced the new liv­ing wage level for the UK yes­ter­day.

From left: Paul Stu­art, Lidl area man­ager, Ul­ster Rugby cap­tain Rory Best, Lord Mayor of Ar­magh City, Ban­bridge and Craigavon, Al­der­man Gareth Wil­son and Ni­cola Fullen, Lidl Lur­gan store man­ager

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